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Hospitable Earth

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Do not forget hospitality, for through it some unknowingly entertained angels.​—Heb. 13:2.

Windy…outdoor break with my daughter(s)…took this pic.

this afternoon.

Thinking about humans’ very-less-than-perfect ways of expressing so-called justice…and am reminded of the perfect example: Yahweh

Perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice.”​—Deuteronomy 32:4.

People punish and exclude those they think are their so-called “enemies”…it’s so stupid and SAD:(

These encouraging thoughts are Happy thoughts about the Bible’s “Happy God”…

God is generous toward all, including those apparently undeserving. For example, “he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) He treats people of all races and cultures justly, as Acts 10:34, 35 shows: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” [excerpted: w 10/11 “God is Unfair–Is It True?“]

the Earth is not partial; Thankful. 🙂

1/3/19 @ 6:48 p.m.

off to mind gym: PEACE FRIEND(S) of PEACE:)

p.s.

What, then, is the source of injustice? Many people choose to act unfairly, not following God’s example of justice. (Deuteronomy 32:5) Also, the Bible shows that God is allowing his enemy, the Devil, to exercise authority over the world. (1 John 5:19) However, God’s permission of this unjust rule will soon end. He has already set in place his means to “break up the works of the Devil.”​—1 John 3:8.

How knowing the truth helps you: You might be perplexed by the seemingly endless reports of corruption, oppression, and injustice. Knowing the cause of the trouble helps you understand why conditions are so bad and why man’s best efforts to make the world a better place consistently fail. (Psalm 146:3) Rather than devoting time and energy to making changes that would be temporary at best, you can have a sound hope for the future based on trust in God’s promises.​—Revelation 21:3, 4. [excerpted: w 10/11 “God is Unfair–Is It True?“]

p.p.s.

HE = aka h(ospitable) e(arth)

“He” see above-mentioned Matthew 5:45 aka God of Justice/Jehovah/Yahweh.

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Minced Meat

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Oh! Yeah?! let’s think up our (humans) (so-called) ‘happy’ thoughts (for 2019) and bring ’em about, eh?!

Festivities of excesses & superstitions..

New Year’s festivities are not new. Ancient inscriptions indicate that they were held in Babylon as early as the third millennium B.C.E. The celebration, which was observed in mid-March, was crucial. “At that time the god Marduk decided the destiny of the country for the coming year,” says The World Book Encyclopedia. The Babylonian new year celebration lasted 11 days and included sacrifices, processions, and fertility rites.

For a time, the Romans too began their year in the month of March. But in 46 B.C.E., Emperor Julius Caesar decreed that it should begin on the first of January. That day was already dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings, and now it would also mark the first day of the Roman year. The date changed, but the carnival atmosphere persisted. On the first of January, people “gave themselves up to riotous excess,” says McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia, “and various kinds of heathen superstition.”

Even today, superstitious rituals play a part in New Year’s festivities. For example, in some areas of South America, many welcome the New Year while standing on their right foot. Others sound horns and set off firecrackers. According to a Czech custom, New Year’s Eve is a time for eating lentil soup, while a Slovak tradition has people placing money or fish scales under the tablecloth. Such rituals, designed to ward off ill fortune and guarantee prosperity, merely perpetuate the ancient belief that the turn of the year is a time for deciding destinies.

what the Bible says:

[…]realize that taking part in superstitious rituals does not guarantee happiness and prosperity—especially since participating in such festivities can result in God’s disfavor. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle,a nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events*(unforeseen occurrences) overtake them all.”; Isaiah 65:11, 12 “But you are among those forsaking Jehovah, Those forgetting my holy mountain, Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck, And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny.
12 So I will destine you for the sword,
And all of you will bow down to be slaughtered,
Because I called, but you did not answer,
I spoke, but you did not listen;
You kept doing what was bad in my eyes,
And you chose what displeased me.”)

Furthermore, the Bible admonishes Christians to be moderate and self-controlled in their conduct. (1 Timothy 3:2, 11)

For me, personally, i don’t offer sacrifices/rituals to fake-dead gods.

As eye-catching and appealing to the senses as New Year’s festivities may be, the Bible tells us to “quit touching the unclean thing” and to “cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit.”

The Living-God, Yahweh, Truth-Teller/Promise-Keeper:

To those who comply, Jehovah extends the heartwarming guarantee: “I will take you in. . . . I shall be a father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me.” (2 Corinthians 6:17 b–7:1) Indeed, he promises eternal blessings and prosperity to those who are loyal to him.—Psalm 37:18 “Jehovah is aware of what the blameless go through,*(Lit., “the days of the blameless.”) And their inheritance will last forever.,” 28 “For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones. They will always be guarded; But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.”; Revelation 21:3, 4 “3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,b and death will be no more,c neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.d The former things have passed away.”
7 “Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

[excerpted readings: Awake! January 8, 2002 “Should Christians Share in New Year’s Festivities?“]

a practical illustration…

Unsavory Origin?

Suppose you discover a creek with sparkling water, tempting you to drink of it. When you go up the stream, however, you find campers washing their dirty mess-tins and soiled clothes in that water. Would you still want to drink the water and risk contracting a disease? The same can be said of the customs of New Year’s celebrations. Though some celebrations may seem innocent to men, Jehovah, the God of the Bible, has seen their source.

Well, where do we find the earliest record of a New Year’s celebration? “The earliest description of a New Year festival known to us comes from ancient Mesopotamia,” answers Theodor Gaster in his book New Year​—Its History, Customs and Superstitions. The clay tablets describing the New Year festival record “a program of ceremonies performed at Babylon since the remote days of the second millennium B.C.”

The Babylonian year started about the vernal equinox​—in the month of March. The celebration lasted 11 days and was centered around the worship of Marduk, the city god of Babylon. The vestiges of the New Year festival of Babylon, such as mummers’ plays and fertility rites, are still observed during New Year’s celebrations around the world. The mummers’ parade in the city of Philadelphia (U.S.A.) on New Year’s Day and the fertility festival held in Akita City (Japan) on the 17th of January are but two examples of such relics.

(Yahweh) God sees the religious practices originating in Babylon as polluted. He refers to the world empire of false religion, with its customs rooted in ancient Babylon, as “Babylon the Great” and warns: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:2, 4) Therefore, since the features of New Year’s celebrations betray their pagan origins, people wanting to heed the Bible will steer clear of such festivities. [“Are New Year’s Celebrations For Christians?” Awake! 12/22/86]

SOBERING;) scripture: even for a non-drinker like me:)

“You spent quite long enough in the past living the sort of life that pagans live, behaving indecently, giving way to your passions, drinking all the time, having wild parties and drunken orgies and degrading yourselves by following false gods.”​—The Jerusalem Bible. (1 Peter 4:3)

12/31/18 @ 10:14 p.m.

Staying Sober;) Thanks.

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Year in Review (2018)

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I prefer looking forward than looking back when it comes to my life.

When it comes to learning, I prefer looking back and forth in the living-relevant book; the Bible. (Find a translation You like and read it. I like the New World Translation Of the Holy Scriptures Revised 2013 for its readability and accuracy. And oh! Yeah cause its unpaid translation committee wasn’t motivated by money unlike those who tamper with truth/text to please financial backers’ biased religious views.)

January 2018

my post pick:

1/01/18

February 2018

my post pick:

Ark Ratio Rectangle

March 2018

my post pick:

Muppets Muddling through Life

April 2018

my post pick:

Teachable?? hope so!

May 2018

my post pick:

End of Framework (Part 4)

June 2018

my post pick:

YAY! Thursday! (Part 2)

July 2018

my post pick:

Unmuting Mutations

August 2018

my post pick:

No EXPERT!

September 2018

my post pick:

Being Sensible

October 2018

my post pick:

Neither/Nor

November 2018

my post pick:

No difference

December 2018

my post pick:

coordinates converge: heartmind

I NEVER make new year resolutions…aka empty promises. However, my goals/intentions in life center primarily on spirituality. A great goal…help eradicate “spiritual” poverty.

and…Continue Trusting Truth (and by living it)!:)

Peace Reader:)

12/31/18 @ 11:43 a.m.

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Truth, Hope and Love

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When life, world, circumstances, clouds get grey and cold…

Truth, Hope, Love is a colorful sweater keeping one warm and bright…

Despite…

(Winter for weather wimps (yours truly;)) has hit FL)
Yep, a fav, (goofy) sweater known to slightly embarrass some willing to be seen with me. 🙂 Aka a smirk/giggle inducer.

12/23/18 @ 7:47 a.m.

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